The crime Kimberly McCarthy, an inmate in Texas, was convicted of committing is horrific. She murdered an elderly woman, stabbing her to death after she asked to borrow some sugar. Today, Williams will pay for that crime in the ultimate way. With her life.
McCarthy will be put to death by lethal injection. She will be one of the few women ever put to death since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. She will be number 13. Even though women commit about 10 percent of all crimes, death penalty crimes have to have some "extra" aggravating factor. Extra violence, extra cruelty. MCarthy's case certainly applies.
The case was infamous because of how awful it was. Her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, was trusting and allowed McCarthy into her home on July 21, 1997, only to be stabbed to death. She then cut off her ring finger and sold her diamond in a pawn shop. There is no doubt that the crime was evil. But the death penalty is still not right.